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Overhead Door expands distributor offerings

BY Ken Clark

Dallas-based Overhead Door has introduced design enhancements to three of its garage door lines.

The company created a V5 stamp that mimics the look and feel of wainscoting, which will be available on the Durafirm Collection, Traditional Steel and Thermacore lines. A raised panel Ranch stamp is also now available on the Thermacore line, while decorative window inserts have been added to the Traditional Steel Collection.

“The addition of these new stamps and window inserts to several of our collections should help all of our Overhead Door distributors meet current and future demand from homeowners who want attractive garage doors that complement their homes’ architecture and increase curb appeal,” said Joe Dachowicz, VP marketing at Overhead Door. “The inspiration for these enhancements came directly from listening to the needs of homeowners and distributors — the new options combine the R-values that the market is demanding with the designs that are popular with today’s homeowners.”

In a design nod to wainscoting, the V5 stamp incorporates five vertical stiles and a faux wood grain aesthetic that is not only attractive, but adds strength to the Thermacore, Durafirm and Traditional Steel doors on which it’s incorporated. Meanwhile, the raised-panel Ranch stamp further expands the design offerings available in the Thermacore line and will be available with corresponding ranch windows. 

In an effort to minimize the need for additional inventory, V5 and Ranch stamped doors will utilize current Thermacore, Durafirm and Traditional Steel Collection window trim inserts. Overhead Door is also adding new decorative window inserts for both the Standard Panel (short) and Ranch Panel (long) doors in the Traditional Steel Collection. Customers will now have the option to pair all 170/180 Series doors with Prairie window trims, while 399 Series doors may be paired with Wynbridge, Stockton 8-Lite Arch and Somerton window trims.

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Olympia clamps down on cancer

BY Ken Clark

Attendees at the 2013 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas will have the chance to put test a vise grip will contributing to a worthy charity in a program called “Clamping Down on Cancer.”

The 5-in. Ultra Quick Adjust vise will be pitted against a regular vise in a friendly competition for charity. Olympia Tools will donate $100 to City of Hope for cutting-edge cancer research in the name of anyone who participates in the vice "race.” 

Olympia Tools’ new Quick Adjust vise has several innovative features, whether for use in the garage or on the job site. The vise comes with a set of four replaceable jaws for a variety of applications. A quick-release button unclamps the jaws in a fraction of a second. The heavy-duty base turns effortlessly on a 360-degree swivel, while the durable anvil surface is excellent for hammering raw material into shape. Taken together, these features push the tried and true workshop vise into new territory.

"This year’s National Hardware Show is a big stage, so we’re excited to take the opportunity to promote not only our great line of products, but also a great cause: City of Hope,” said Olympia Tools’ Tony Lee, VP sales and marketing. “We invite anyone attending the show to stop by our booth and get some hands-on experience with our Quick Adjust Vise, all while raising money for City of Hope’s breakthrough medical research." 

City of Hope is a nationally recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center focused on creating new therapies for chronic disease. Olympia Tools hopes to raise $10,000 for City of Hope’s cancer research initiatives. 

“As City of Hope continues to work diligently to find cures and new innovative treatments for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, it is the philanthropy of companies like Olympia Tools and its associates and customers that provide the funding for our research. Your support will help our scientists and physicians quickly translate laboratory treatments into ground-breaking discoveries,” said Al Olson, senior director of development, City of Hope. 

The "Clamping Down on Cancer" event will take place at Olympia Tools’ booth (#5941 in Central Hall) on Tuesday, May 7, between 2 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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AHMA sales survey holds steady

BY Ken Clark

A survey of members of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) shows more than half are ahead of year-ago sales levels

The AHMA’s survey for April found that comparing current sales levels with year-ago levels, 56% of respondents said sales were higher in April versus year-ago levels.

The 56% figure is down slightly from March, when 58% said sales were higher than the year-ago period.

Also for April, 25% reported sales were even, and 19% said sales were below year-ago levels. 

AHMA CEO Tim Farrell pointed to the relatively weak home improvement retail sales, based on government data. “Sales of home improvement products through retail channels in the U.S. are up about 2.6% on an adjusted basis this year versus last year, according to data compiled by the Department of Commerce. Total retail sales for all kinds of businesses are up 3.7%. These figures illustrate why many of our members continue to struggle to attain the robust sales levels they have enjoyed in past years.” 

Looking forward one year, 56% of respondents project sales will be higher, down from 79% who felt that way in March. 

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